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NTU students to set up society on gender and sexuality issues

in SINGAPORE, 06/09/2013

An official student organisation looking to tackle discrimination against sexual minorities — a first among varsities here — will be established at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

NTU Kaleidoscope, which plans to organise dialogues, panel discussions and film screenings on gender and sexuality issues, has received in-principle approval to register as a student society after its constitution — adhering to the university’s guidelines and code of conduct for student bodies — is drawn up. Recruitment of members can begin only after it has been officially set up.

Last month, during a co-curricular activity fair on campus, the group drew attention after it pinned up a rainbow flag — a common symbol of gay and lesbian community pride — at its booth, but NTU Kaleidoscope’s Public Relations Officer Lim Jialiang stressed that the society just wants to get people talking about gender and sexuality issues “in a neutral and frank manner”.

In an Our Singapore Conversation survey released last month, researchers from the Institute of Policy Studies found that 47 per cent of 4,000 Singaporeans polled did not accept gay lifestyles. Among the younger and more educated respondents, however, 29 per cent of polytechnic and university graduates were not accepting.

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